Congregation Bet Tefilah, also known as Young Israel of Aberdeen, donated a six-foot menorah to the Aberdeen Fire Hose & Chemical Co. just in time for the first night of Hanukkah.
The menorah is on display on the Lloyd Road lawn of the firehouse and one bulb is lit each night as the Festival Of Lights continues.
The donation came after a member of the fire department asked Young Israel of Aberdeen for a small menorah to display in their window, explained congregant Yechiel David.
"We figured we would build a nice one, a big one," said David. "Every day they actually risk their lives to save us and we appreciate them. And during Hurricane Sandy, they were there for us. So I give them credit. It's a present from our temple to the fire department."
David built the menorah and fellow congregant Alon Regev, who is also a firefighter in Aberdeen, did the electrical work for it.
Young Israel of Aberdeen Rabbi Chaim Lobel emphasized that the temple was happy to provide the fire department with a menorah to display this holiday season.
"We live in a very diverse culture where we are Americans first. Being able to portray different cultures amongst the community shows that we are Americans first. Especially after Hurricane Sandy and constant events throughout our country's history, we are always able to come close together and look at ourselves as people first," he said.